Our Practitioners


Joe Carr, N.D., has been a practicing traditional naturopath for almost three decades. He has more than 40 years experience serving people as a counselor. He has been (and still is) a pastor in both the U.S. and Brazil. He has been active in naturopathy since 1996 and holds a doctorate in pastoral counseling as well as in naturopathy.

He is a certified nutritional counselor, a certified medical microscopist (through the Bradford Research Institute) and has received training in BICA, ART and certification in ETPS. He completed a post-doctorate masters degree in integrative medicine at the Capitol University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. in 2004.

One of Dr. Joe's unique skills is his knowledge of Brazilian folk medicine. Gleaned from years living in northeastern Brazil, he has actively pursued working knowledge of Brazilian plants, herbs and other natural medicinals. He has been active in bringing new substances and products from Brazil to the U.S.

He makes multiple trips annually to Brazil's northeast and consults regularly with ethnopharmacologists in southern Brazil. He has served as guest lecturer on the use of Brazilian ethnopharmacology in integrative medical practices at the Capital University of Integrative Medicine, as well as giving presentations in numerous other venues on the same. He has trained numerous physicians on the use of Brazilian plant substances in their medical practices and the viability of their measurability through medical microscopy.

Dr. Joe founded The Green Pharmacy in 2002 to be able to better serve his clients who came to see him from all over the country. Being extremely concerned with supplement quality, he made it his goal to only offer quality, trusted products. He is responsible for the evaluation of companies and their products that are found on the site. He is constantly looking for reputable brands whose products have been scientifically researched and clinically studied. Purity is a big issue for him and he ardently works to exclude products that contain chemical preservatives, artificial substances, sweeteners, colors and flavors. He is a stringent opponent to GMO's.



Nicole Smith, RNC-OB, is a locally born, raised and grown NC native. While not quite a “country girl,” she enjoys getting dirt under her fingernails and cultivating a plethora of decorative, culinary, medicinal and food-bearing plant and vegetation, or “gardening” to us southerners. She has long been involved in all manners of landscaping and horticultural endeavors, and perhaps that was the genesis of her interest in living a natural-oriented health style. As she calls it, she “has a passion for clean, sustainable living.”

Besides walking the talk of living as naturally as possible for more than two decades, she became a registered nurse in 2007 and has had a stellar career caring for patients, newborns and mothers, receiving the “Remarkable Nurse” award from Novant Hospitals in 2021. Her career as a nurse certified in obstetrics, the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and the care of women giving birth, she is also a certified prenatal educator and utilizes those amazing skills in helping others who want to take control of their health in a more natural manner.nurse-nicole-02.jpg

Nicole left the hospital system to pursue her passion of natural health and exploring the paths of having a better work/life balance. Her experience and quest (“adventure!”) is helping to take The Green Pharmacy to exciting new heights and arenas.

PureGenomics® is a personalized approach to nutrition—a first-of-its-kind, nutrigenomics service dedicated to empowering clients with simple, reliable, and actionable genomic information. Nutrigenomics is a scientific discipline that studies the relationships between our genes, nutrition and health—all the way down to the molecular level. This knowledge helps us understand how genetics affects nutritional needs and informs what steps we can take to help improve overall health. It empowers you to make informed lifestyle and supplement recommendations tailored to your unique wellness needs and goals.

Via PureGenomics®, Nicole can help you identify common, clinically relevant genetic variations, and their associated trait categories and generate simple, reliable reports, that offer actionable nutrition and lifestyle recommendations for your optimal health.


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If you have questions about your supplements, you may contact Dr. Joe or Nicole. They are available to take your questions and give limited direction regarding your unique situation. These are informational responses, not medical advice, and they do not serve in the capacity of your healthcare professional.